Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

As we all navigate this together please remember to take care of yourself, be proactive about communicating with your professors and program directors, and seek help when you need it. The following resources are for both current students in programs at USG and for any community members who need them. If you're a current student at USG and you have any questions and/or need further assistance with any resources please sign-up for an appointment with the Center for Student Engagement and Financial Resources (CSEF) Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Montgomery County COVID-19 Resource Toolkit
The County Council has compiled a COVID-19 Resource Toolkit for County residents to retrieve pivotal information on how best to navigate this pandemic. For more information, please visit here.

Financial Assistance
Please be sure to check out COVID-related Emergency Funding information from your home institution, as well as CSEF's COVID-19 Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information self-paced tutorial.

 

Health/Safety

Mercy Health Clinic
Mercy Health Clinic is able to see NEW patients over the age of 18 who are likely to be eligible for the Montgomery Cares program, with a priority on patients who have an urgent health need. They are conducting most of their patient visits via telemedicine so please contact them at 240.773.0300 during their business hours for details.

Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC)
Includes important and reliable information on how to prevent the spread of the virus, what to do if you are sick and how to keep your community safe. Click here to see this webpage in Spanish.

Montgomery County COVID-19 Information Portal
Includes updates on COVID-19 in Montgomery County.

Mental Health/Wellbeing

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Read this insightful article and check out helpful expert tips and resources to deal with coronavirus anxiety.

Every Mind
During this time of heightened anxiety, we know that you or a loved one may need someone to talk to.  Their phone, text and chat call specialists are available 24/7 to listen and provide support. You can call/text 301-738-2255. This service is free and open to all members of our community. You do not have to be in crisis to connect with us. The website also has strategies on how to cope with stress and anxiety. 

Crisis Center 
Located in Montgomery County, MD. You can also call 240-777-4000 24 hours a day.

Domestic Violence Assistance
For free, confidential help on weekdays from 8:30am-5:00pm you can contact either the Family Justice Center at 240-773-0444 or the Abused Person Program at 240-777-4195. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-72300 or text "LOVEIS" to 22522. 

Mongomery County Recreation Assistance

RecAssist is provided by Montgomery County Recreation to make financial assistance available to County residents who receive public assistance. The RecAssist Fund subsidizes Recreation activity and membership fees so that eligible residents can pay reduced fees for these Recreation services.

Food Access

The list below has up-to-date information on how and where you can access food for your family.

Grover Essentials To Go

Visit our on-campus food and toiletry pantry in a safe, easy-to-use "to go" format. Please check out the webpage for further details.

USG Mobile Market

The Mobile Market has free fruits, veggies and more that are open to the community on the fourth Monday of every month from 11 am to 1 pm. 

SNAP
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. For more information on how to apply go here

WIC

The WIC program aims to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

Montgomery County Food Council 
Provides relevant information about food assistance resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A Spanish version is also available. 

Manna Food Center
Manna's mission is "to strive to eliminate hunger through food distribution, education, and advocacy. Click here to learn more about their food distribution sites.

Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank leads our region’s efforts to provide equitable access to food and opportunity to people struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Click here to read COVID-19 Response Updates.

Shepherd's Table 

Their mission is to improve quality of life, create a pathway towards self-sufficiency, and inspire hope for the most vulnerable experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty. We welcome all to our community table for meals and access to social services, provided with compassion and respect. Click here for updates.

Nourish Now
Nourish Now is a 501c3 nonprofit food bank, specializing in food recovery and providing donations from grocers, caterers, restaurants, bakeries, and other food donors for the benefit of children, families, and the elderly, as well as shelters, food pantries, and other organizations working to end hunger. Click here for their weekly distribution schedule.

Gaithersburg HELP

Gaithersburg HELP strives to assist clients with food, transportation, prescription medications, and other basic needs. Click here to learn how to receive food.

Catholic Charities Choice Food Pantry
Click here for food assistance information.

Meals on Wheels 

If a resident is homebound due to illness or disability, they may be eligible for home-delivered meals. This program provides one hot and one cold per day, delivered by volunteers. For information and appropriate referral, call 240.777.3810.

UMBC Retriever Essentials 
Retriever Essentials is a faculty, staff, and student partnership to tackle food insecurity in the UMBC university community. Click here for more information.

MCPS Emergency Meals
MCPS will offer meals at no charge to all students for the school year 2021–22! Click here for more information.

Frederick County Public Schools Nutrition Services
Click here for updates and information.

Virtual Learning

The Macklin Center for Academic Success has created a list of resources on its home page to help students with online learning.

MCPS Continuous Learning
Click here for information related to Montgomery County Public Schools' COVID-19 resources.

Montgomery County Public Libraries
MCPL is introducing the new Digital Library Card. Get access to digital services and streaming content and even put holds on physical materials!

Scholastic Learn at Home
Offering 20 Days of Learning, Reading and Inspiration through special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

PBS Kids Learning Goals Apps & TV Shows
Specific apps & tv shows that align to academic subjects and ages. For example, PEG + CAT for math is an inquiry based approach to problem solving that children can use in their everyday lives.

Khan Academy
Shared samples of e-learning days that are structured like a school day of learning. The website includes preschool to 12th grade schedules.

Virtual Museum Tours
These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You can Take on Your Couch!

Knowledge on the Go Collection
Online resources for math, English language arts, and science that can be used by teachers and parents at home. Starting 3/18/20, they’ll be posting free recorded daily lessons of their great curricula. These will be available on all devices.

Learning A-Z
Free trial subscription provides 90 days of unlimited access to Raz-Kids and/or Headsprout. 

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Amazing Educational Resources & This Article
Both of these resources lists dozens of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

How Can You Help?

Red Cross - Donate Blood
Do to the COVID-19 crisis there is a critical need for blood donation. Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients.

Food Security - Donate Food or Funds
Manna currently has partnerships with various organizations and has been distributing food to a lot of people in the county. If you can donate food/funds please contact them directly. 

Montgomery County - Emergency Response Volunteer
You can sew surgical PPE masks, make COVID-19 care packages, write letters/emails to reduce social isolation, use your virtual skills to help different businesses with telemarketing, donate supplies, and much more!